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The Cat's Pajamas Hardcover – August 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554533082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554533084
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Like Edwards's previous collection of idioms, Monkey Business (2004), this grouping illustrates figures of speech with outlandish sentences that use and (usually) define them, as well as richly worked paintings. In one, a mouse in a party hat walks along a pipe carrying a piece of birthday cake: "Blanche discovered that finding her way home from the party was a piece of cake." The panels, done in watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache, feature an inexhaustible store of surreal fantasies; there's a frog driving a submersible, a crab tying a giraffe's bowtie, and a panda playing a violin with spaghetti ("In order to have dinner music, Andy was forced to use his noodle"). Cats are tucked into each scene, providing even more reason to explore the images in detail. The explanations for each phrase, provided at the end, will be necessary in some cases--a portrait of Inspector Reinhold, a rhino with a fish perched on his horn, doesn't suggest the suspiciousness that comes with smelling "something fishy," and a snail's pace, as it hurtles down a hill, comes across as quite rapid. All ages.
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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Edwards begins this picture book with a definition of "idiom," and English teachers will thrill to find a book that deals with this elusive idea. The expectation will be that the pictures will get to the true meaning of the expressions, but readers will be surprised. In fact, Edwards's illustrations show the literal meaning, which is effective in its own way. When he depicts a pelican swallowing a frog to illustrate "having a frog in one's throat," it's clear that the meaning could not be literal. It is patently ridiculous. A list of the real meanings is provided at the end of the book. The illustrations are handsome and detailed, which adds to the ridiculous nature of the literal interpretations. This is a useful book to introduce this figure of speech to older kids; it will make them laugh as they tease out what each entry actually means.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This wonderful children's book was recommended to me by a friend.
Jan Machen
The illustrations are bright and colorful which helps to keep the child turning the pages.
Kerri Busteed
I have an e-reader but am so glad I got to see the book in its original form.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thyra L McKelvie on August 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My daughter loves books and this one stands alone from her collection. It is beautifully illustrated with all the kids favorite animals and the idioms are great. I love how there is a hidden cat on each page. We will cherish this book and pass along to future generations. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While it is not a book that kid's are likely to keep returning to, The Cat's Pajamas is certainly unique. It presents great opportunities for parents and kids to sit down together and discuss the idioms and examine the pictures. It would hold more appeal for older kids than preschoolers, or kids who are new to our language as they struggle to figure out what all these weird sayings mean. I don't think you are ever likely to forget what "go with the flow" means after seeing a cow surfing a wave. A great book to have just for the art alone, it also includes an explanation in the back as to what each idiom means, just in case seeing a camel waiting for a train with her feet stuck in ice cream cones doesn't clue you in (cooling her heels). Recommended.
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By Peace on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was listening to a story on NPR radio. They had a review about this children's book. I have friends with children who I thought would like this as a gift. This book I got for her three children. They loved it.
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This wonderful children's book was recommended to me by a friend. The illustrations are fascinating and my Grand Daughter loves it.
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I say I buy them for the grand kids, but that's not exactly true! I buy them because I just think the illustrations are awesome.
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I read about The Cat's Pajamas on another blog and thought it would be a good book to share with Chinook 5th Graders. The students loved the pictures, and surprisingly knew several of the idioms. The next time I have an opportunity to share this book with 5th graders I hope to have enough time to allow them to create and illustrate their own list of idioms. They are rather creative bunch. I bet they would come up with some great ones.

Recommended for Grade 4 and up.

Mrs. Archer's rating 5 of 5!
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